space·craft | \ ˈspās-ˌkraft \

Definition of spacecraft 

: a vehicle or device designed for travel or operation outside the earth's atmosphere

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Sun power Hydrogen and oxygen produced in this way from water could also be used as fuel on a spacecraft. Charles W. Dunnill, Scientific American, "Method of Making Oxygen from Water in Zero Gravity Raises Hope for Long-Distance Space Travel," 10 July 2018 The new research led by Khawaja and colleague Frank Postberg analyzes data from two instruments on the now-defunct Cassini spacecraft that crashed into Saturn last year. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Saturn's Moon Enceladus Is Spewing Complex Organic Molecules Into Space," 27 June 2018 Epps was slated to be on the Russian spacecraft, called the Soyuz, that rocketed to station earlier this month. Alex Stuckey, Houston Chronicle, "Jeanette Epps doesn't know why NASA booted her from International Space Station flight," 22 June 2018 This will be the smallest spacecraft to land on the moon to date. Israel Kasnett, Jewish Journal, "Israel gets set to land spacecraft on the moon," 11 July 2018 In July 1947, Army officials said that the wreckage of a mysterious object found on a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico, were the remnants of a weather observation balloon, not an alien spacecraft., "July 9, 1947: Summer of flying saucers," 9 July 2018 Using data from a dead spacecraft, an international team of astronomers has for the first time discovered complex organic (carbon-containing) molecules — the building blocks of life — spewing from Enceladus. Denise Chow /, NBC News, "Saturn's moon Enceladus is now the likeliest place to find alien life," 30 June 2018 That honor went to Japan’s first Hayabusa spacecraft, which in 2010 returned to Earth with a tiny sample from the asteroid Itokawa after an unplanned crash on its surface. Jeremy Hsu, Scientific American, "Japan’s Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Nears Its Target, the Asteroid Ryugu," 26 June 2018 The spacecraft, which will be unmanned, will be loaded with 10 scientific instruments, including one that will provide imaging of the heliosphere and track the flow of interstellar neutral atoms, Schwadron said. Elise Takahama,, "NASA selects UNH researchers for mission to study safer space travel," 8 June 2018

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1929, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of spacecraft

: a vehicle that is used for travel in outer space


space·craft | \ ˈspās-ˌkraft \
plural spacecraft

Kids Definition of spacecraft

: a vehicle for travel beyond the earth's atmosphere

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